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                    17th May 2007

1.    Music Festival at  the Royal Castle Hotel

2.    Dolcoath and a Lifeboat

3.    Browns Music Festival

4.    The Dart Marina Music Festival

5.    Dartmouth in Bloom coffee morning

6.    French Twinning

7.    Parish Church updates its website

8.    Small News

1.     Music Festival at The Royal Castle Hotel

It's almost non-stop music at the Castle, here are just a few of the many events.

  • Friday Night in the Harbour Bar, James & Max Cann, folky/rock from 8:00-10:30pm

  • Saturday Lunch time, Steve Payne roots, country and blues guitarist from 12:00-2:00pm

  • Saturday evening Gala Buffet, you get 'Three Blondes and A Brunette' and ownership of your table all night, vibrant, close harmony a capella quartet 7:30-10:00pm, just 39.95 all in

  • Sunday afternoon, river cruise, live music from Spoonful, unique five piece blues/rock band 12:45pm return 2:30pm,  7:50 person

  • Sunday evening, Kate Walsh, 7:30-10.00pm in the Restaurant

2.    Dolcoath and a Lifeboat

Last night Kevin Pine read some of his poems in aid of the RNLI Lifeboat for Dartmouth at The Flavel.  His comment was quite simple, we want a Dartmouth Lifeboat, and we are being offered a Dartmouth Lifeboat.  There is an Open Meeting at the Dartmouth Guildhall on Monday 21st May at 6pm. The RNLI Inspectors from Saltash and the local team will explain what has been achieved so far in Dartmouth and what the plans for the future are.

Kevin and his daughter Robyn combined poems about Devon and Cornwall, referring to Cornishmen and Dolcoath Tin.  Dave Cawley comments:  I simply could not believe it, I did my apprenticeship at Dolcoath Road, Camborne in the 60's.  We were often taken on trips to see local engineering companies, many still using overhead pulleys and belts to drive their lathes, milling and drilling machines, a very dangerous practice!  It must be 30 years since I heard anyone say the word 'Dolcoath'.    Dolcoath, Cornish for 'The Old Pit' was owned by the Bassett family.  The story goes that Lady Basset bathed naked in the big cave in Portreath only accessible when the tide is out.  'Lady Basset's Bath' is a perfectly formed bath set into the rock.  As someone said 'tis a funny old world!'

3.    Browns Music Festival

James Brown reports:  We are delighted to welcome back Kate Walsh (Friday) and Mark Ely (Saturday) both of whom have recorded new albums this year. Kate was recently the number one downloaded album on iTunes UK and featured in a whole page article in The Times. Catch her at Browns! We will be serving early food in the bar between 6 and 7pm, and as normal in the restaurant on both nights. To make a booking please call 832572

4.   The Dart Marina Music Festival

At The Floating Bridge:   Each night of the festival from 8.30pm until 11.00pm, a band with a repertoire stretching from The Shadows to Snow Patrol!

At Wildfire:   Friday 18th May - Listen to the Jazzy Duo from 8.30pm-11.00pm
Saturday 19th May - Enjoy an afternoon of soft rock covers with Gasoline Alley from 4.00pm-5.30pm then from 8.30pm-11.00pm the mood changes to Jazz with the Maggie Reeday Trio
Sunday 20th May - Unwind to the mellow guitar sounds of Clive John from 7.30pm- 10.00pm

In the Square:   The Music Festival comes to The Square at Dart Marina - an open space with room for families to join in!
Saturday 19th May from 11.00am-12 noon come and meet Shining Bear at our family workshop and learn how to play the Didgeridoo!
Sunday 20th May from 11.30am-12.30pm the Community College Choir will fill the Square with songs taken from a wide repertoire followed by the Exeter Pipes and Drums. From 2.30pm-4.00pm, sit back and listen to mellow Blues from Maggie Thomas and Steve Payne.

5.   Dartmouth in Bloom coffee morning

Over 800 pounds was raised at a Coffee Morning held at The Naval College on Saturday.  There were plants and flowers to buy and friends to meet, a great time!  But guys, would you let us know before the event next year please?

6.   French Twinning

Wendy Rendle reports :  About 80 English and French friends sat down to a Grand Buffet Supper by Philip Watts Services in the Guildhall on Saturday 14th May to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of twinning between the towns of  Dartmouth, Devon and Courseulles-sur-Mer on the Normandy coast. The Deputy Mayor of Courseulles-sur-Mer, Jean-Pierre Fritz, presented books on the history of the towns of the Calvados region to Dartmouth Mayor,  Councillor Iris Pritchard. Our Mayor led the signing of a 30th Anniversary Charter, which was followed by all those present.  The commemorative books and the Charter, produced by Melvyn Stone, will be held in the Guildhall.  Despite the bad weather it was an enjoyable weekend with some of the original members from 30 years ago being present.  A reciprocal Anniversary Visit will be made to Courseulles-sur-Mer on 21st to 25th September. New members are most welcome and anyone interested in joining the Dartmouth Anglo French Association should contact Wendy Rendle 832435 or Dave Prettyjohns 770676."

7.    Parish Church updates its website & Music Festival!!

The Parish Church has launched its new web site at  The original web developer had 'gone to ground' leaving the Church in the lurch.  The Dartmouth dot TV Team stepped in and regained ownership of the name and it is now independently hosted. 

Simon Wright the vicar asked for the existing site to be 'captured' and the new one carried over with the same theme, but modernised and rationalised.  All three Dartmouth Churches are remarkably beautiful, and religious or not, if you haven't seen them, drop by: St Saviour's (just behind Boots in the town centre) and St Petrox (near Dartmouth Castle) are open most days.

If you are having website problems, or just want a completely fresh new one from scratch for as little as 150 call 833366, or simply reply to this e-mail.

Music Festival: 
There are numerous events in the churches (all listed in the programme) including Kyra Gospel Choir and others at St Petrox 2:30-5:00pm Saturday, not to be missed! Kyra will also be at the Sung Eucharist at 11.00am on Sunday morning in St Saviour's.  Also in St Saviour's is the Britannia Choral Society's 60th anniversary concert, tickets 5 from the TIC or on the door. Friday 8:45pm.

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